I had drunk some plum brandy the other night and ended up - in the balcony -wearing my bow tie and my underwear. I kept shouting until everyone in the building took notice and started gathering at their windows or in the yard. It seems that I banned parties, pets, babies, drills, TV sound, cuckoo clocks, loud sex, rug, wife and schnitzel beating altogether, as well as high heeled shoes. As they started to boo loudly, I erased everyone's debts. This felt amazing. Today, however, as I was on my way to take out the trash, one of the neighbours, all smiles, greeted me with "How's our president today?"

(Translated by Elena Florea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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